Colleagues- Per the By Laws, FMWAS conducted an election for 2020-2021 FMWAS officers and directors, the balloting commenced with the publication of the Skimmer (Vol XLVII Number 4) available electronically on 04/29/20. Due to COVID-19 crisis, balloting was conducted electronically and by mail. The balloting closed on May 15, 2020 and the results of the election will be certified in the business meeting component of the Strategic Planning Meeting on 06/20/20 on Zoom.
The results are:
Official Message From Francis M. Weston Audubon Society Board of Directors
“Dear Francis M. Weston Audubon Society Members,
Yesterday, your Board of Directors met by video and audio technology and made some very important decisions based on the present health emergency environment constraints.
First, we unanimously decided that the Annual Meeting is to be rescheduled until sometime in the future when the Heath Emergency Environment has subsided.
Next, we decided to proceed with the election of officers and directors for the FMWAS year commencing on June 1, 2020.
In this effort, our 2020-2021 Nominating Committee has been most diligent and has developed an effective slate of candidates for the by-laws required election slots, which is a finely-tuned mix of new-to-the-Board faces and incumbent experience able to move FMWAS forward in a post-COVID-19 world.
We will officially publish this final slate of candidates on FMWAudubon.org on April 15, 2020.
The upcoming election for officers and directors is being designed to enable maximum participation by all Members in good standing. This includes a means to take nominations from the floor by writing-in the names of alternative candidates on the ballot.
The official ballot, voting instructions and election start- and end-date shall be included in the next published SKIMMER available electronically or by-mail.
Thank you for your patience and support as we all deal with the present health emergency environment constraints. Stay safe and be well.
Best, Michael Brower
PUBLIC HEALTH MODIFICATIONS
Closed in Florida:
Closed in Mississippi:
PRESENTLY ALL SCHEDULED FMWAS EVENTS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, issued a disturbing warning during a White House briefing on 03/10/20: Americans everywhere need to change the way they live their lives. Right now.
“We would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case,” Fauci said, referring Americans to the new federal Coronavirus.gov website for details on precautions to take at home, at work and out in the world.
“If and when the infections will come – and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say – when you’re dealing with an infectious disease… we want to be where the infection is going to be, as well as where it is,” Fauci said.
“Everybody should say, ‘All hands on deck.”
Francis M. Weston Audubon Society reached out to the entire membership of the Board of Directors on the COVID-19 matter. At this time, we have heard from 15 of 16 of our leadership and we fully anticipate full agreement when we hear from our other colleague.
Therefore, until further notice we shall cancel all community FMWAS sanctioned events including Field-Trips, BirdWalks, Beginner Birding Classes, Membership Meetings. Board of Directors Meetings will be conducted by conference call and electronic voting.
Committee chairs shall continue to plan for future events. We shall continuously evaluate the status of situations and as soon as feasible will restore FMWAS sanctioned events including Field-Trips, BirdWalks, Beginner Birding Classes, Membership Meeting events.
We take this action because COVID-19, as a risk, is not going away anytime soon. We, as fiduciaries, must act prudently, responsibly and in the best health interests of the Membership and community well-being.SPECIAL EVENT – AUDUBON VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
We first noticed the bedraggled Northern Cardinal because of his peculiar feeding motion.
Instead of leaning forward to pluck a black oil sunflower seed out of the tray feeder, he dipped, ever so precariously, into a deep knee bend, then pushed himself back up, wobbling the entire way. Could he be ill?
ENJOY YOUR YARD-MY RESPONSE TO ISOLATION
I was looking at the Florida Wildlife Federation email about a photo contest that starts May 1 and ran into something I thought I would share because it dovetails with my thoughts about the natural world.
The beloved author and neuroscientist Oliver Sacks wrote …more
SPRING MIGRATION IN SOUNDSIDE FOUNDATION PRESERVE
Always, when late March is upon Cathy and me, we start looking forward to birding with our friends from Francis M. Weston Audubon Society at our familiar Spring Migration “hot spots” including Ft. Pickens, Ft. Morgan, and Dauphin Island with side-trips to Santa Rosa Unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore to check